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Pittsfield Thunder Baseball Takes Two from Americans
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12:04PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brayden Gutzmer had four hits, including a double and a triple, to help lead the Pittsfield Thunder 14-year-old travel baseball team to a double-header sweep of the Berkshire Americans on Sunday at Joe Wolfe field.   In the opener, Gutzmer had two extra-base hits, and Antonio Scalise tripled and scored twice. Nick Brindle had two hits and a walk in an 11-0 win.   Charlie Wendell struck out five in four innings of work to get the win on the mound.   Austin Buda doubled for the Americans.   In Game 2, Alex Williams doubled, and eight different Pittsfield players had a hit in a 6-2 win.   Ben Cornish and Gutzmer split time on the mound; Cornish

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State Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports
10:08AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Football remains a “higher risk” sport that is restricted to non-contact drills and “individual skill work” under the latest guidance from the commonwealth released on Friday.   The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Friday released its updated rules for amateur sports activities.   The rules released on Friday specifically do not govern interscholastic athletics, but the same office will be determining the “rules for the road” for high school sports in conjunction with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Those interscholastic guidelines are expected to be released in early August,

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Start Travel Season Unbeaten
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12:58PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth travel baseball program's 14-year-old team is off to a 5-0 start this summer.   With Babe Ruth Baseball's state and national tournament competitions canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is competing in the Eastern New York Baseball League.   Recent games for the Pittsfield Thunder include:   Nick Brindle had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs.   Christian Salzarulo threw a one-hitter and struck out seven in three innings of work to earn the win on the mound. Brayden Gutzmer threw two innings of relief, striking out four and had a double at the plate.   Austin Buda doubled for

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B.B.A. Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:09PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hunter Potash went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound Thursday as B.B.A. edged Different Breed, 4-3, in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Potash reached on an infield single and ended up scoring on a two-base error in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.   He then stranded the potential tying run at first to complete two innings of one-hit relief and help his team stay unbeaten at 3-0 this summer in the league’s 20-and-over division.   Different Breed (3-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Crosby Elementary School.   Tanner Bird got

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing lmgymfest@aol.com.   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are

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Dalton CRA Summer Sports Leagues Registration Extended
10:06AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — Registration for the Dalton Community Recreation Association summer sports leagues — soccer, softball and baseball — has been extended through Monday, June 29. 

In addition to youth programs, the CRA has added teams through grade 12 to allow high school students who missed their spring sports season a chance to get on the field. 

Summer leagues registration is open to all Berkshire County youth. Fees vary by league and the CRA will not require an annual youth membership fee for the summer sports leagues. To register, visit the CRA at 400 Main St., Dalton, during business hours as follows: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon, and Monday, 8 a.m.

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Pittsfield Suns Cancel Season
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, June 20, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There will be no Suns baseball at Wahconah Park this summer.   Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath told the Parks Commission on Wednesday that he recently received a letter from the Pittsfield Suns stating that the team will not participate in the 2020 season.   "There will be no baseball through the Pittsfield Suns at Wahconah Park this summer," he said.    McGrath said although the league in which the Suns are a part of has not yet cancelled its season, the Suns management felt it would be too difficult to comply with the phased regulations.   "They thought it was too much of an uphill climb to play at Wahconah Park

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Return of Youth Baseball Seen as 'Good First Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Dalton-Hinsdale held tryouts this past weekend; Pittsfield's leagues are holding them Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.   Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.   That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And

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Bousquet Mountain Being Sold to Local Investment Firm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local private investment firm plans to buy Bousquet Mountain ski area.   Mill Town Capital announced Friday that it will partner with Charlemont's Berkshire East Mountain Resort to continue the Bousquet's 85-year legacy into the future.   "Bousquet is a pretty valuable outdoor recreational asset for the city of Pittsfield and we felt like we wanted to be part of that and continue that into the future," Tim Burke, Mill Town's CEO and managing director said.   Mill Town, which focuses on community impact in its investments, will purchase the resort from Tamarack Ski Nominee Trust and owners Sherry and PJ Roberts. The sale

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.   COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing.    "The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate

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